By Allison Jarboe, Features Editor
The OBU Green and Gold Gala is more than a fundraiser that makes a valuable education experience possible for so many, it is an opportunity to experience the traditions and values of OBU. In the past, this event has hosted public figures like Lou Holst and Benjamin Carson, and this year’s gala will feature retired NFL quarterback Archie Manning.
The event will be hosted in the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum at 7 p.m. March 7. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are now on sale for sponsorships or corporate tables, as well as individuals. and interested partied are encouraged to purchase as early as possible. Seating is determined from sponsorship level and purchase date. The price is $150 per ticket, with $75 going as a tax-deductible gift toward OBU scholarships. The cost of the ticket includes dinner.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a silent auction and live music.
“Our primary purpose in hosting the gala is to share the compelling story of Oklahoma Baptist University while raising crucial scholarship dollars for worthy students,” said Dr. Will Smallwood, senior vice president for advancement and university relations.
Crystal McKee, Director of Development for Annual Operations and Special Events, explained that many of the virtues that OBU stands for will be represented in Manning’s emphasis on the importance of faith and family and the value of hard work, among other values.
“Just as he took advantage of the opportunities he had in his football career, our students do likewise in the way they study, build community and worship while at OBU,” she said.
“This gala raises money for scholarships for students, to afford even more of these opportunities to more students in the future, so that they, too, may take advantage of those chances and excel in their calling.”
Individual tickets or tables may be purchased through OBU University Advancement at (405) 585-5427 or by emailing Crystal McKee.